Research Assistant / Associate / Fellow in infectious disease epidemiology to work on REACT: a national prevalence study for SARV-CoV-2 virus.

REACT is a national prevalence study for SARV-CoV-2 virus that measures the presence of both the virus and the antibodies in England. We have completed 2 rounds of the study measuring the presence of the virus and one round looking for the presence of antibodies. All three surveys recruited more than 100,000 people. Monthly follow-up rounds are planned for prevalence of virus with additional rounds also planned for
prevalence of antibodies.
We will analyse these data for public reports and for peer-reviewed publications for the next 12 months. The analyses will range from straightforward tabular presentation of the raw data, through weighted and adjusted statistical models to mechanistic models of pathogen spread.
We are looking for a person with high potential who will fit well into the team. While the position is advertised
as post-doctoral Research Associate, we could offer employment as Research Fellow for a candidate with
suitable experience. We would also consider exceptional candidates pre-PhD (as Research Assistant).

Duties and responsibilities
Your duties will be:

To wrangle, visualize and model infectious disease prevalence data
To develop novel analytical approaches in collaboration with colleagues that gain maximum insight from study data
To develop R code as part of a team that is easily readable and reusable
To draft reports for UK government on results and to draft manuscripts for publication
To maintain accurate and complete records of all findings
To provide guidance to PhD Students (For appointment to Research Associate and Fellow)
There is scope to adapt the specific responsibilities of this role to the aptitudes and interests of the successful candidate.

Essential requirements
You should have a PhD or equivalent and Research Assistant applicants should have an MSc or equivalent in one of the following areas infectious disease epidemiology, ecology, population biology, mathematics, statistics, theoretical physics, computer science or an alternative highly quantitative discipline.

Further information
This post is full time and fixed term until 31 July 21 and will be based at the St Mary’s Campus, Paddington. Imperial College is supportive of flexible working. The College is happy to discuss the possibility of implementing such arrangements for this post, with suitably qualified people, subject to operational requirements.

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Additional information
Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

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In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment. We are an Athena SWAN Silver award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.

Imperial College London
United Kingdom
Closing date
August 19th, 2020
Posted on
July 27th, 2020 08:46
Last updated
July 27th, 2020 08:46